Nas Explains How Parenthood Influenced His Music

Nas says that having children changed the way he uses language in his raps.

Nas recently released his new single “Daughters,” which shows the rapper opening up about the difficulties of being a parent to his daughter Destiny. During an interview with CNN, Esco explained why he made the cut and how balancing his career with fatherhood proved to be more difficult than anticipated.

"It’s a different thing for me, having a teenage daughter is different for me. I’ve got to be a parent, and because of the relationship I have with my daughter’s mother and being in this business, it kind of took me away from her and being that parent who was there all the time," he said, responding to a question about if he thinks he's been a good parent. "I ask [Destiny] that from time to time and she says I was great, I was cool. So I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough for me. That’s why I made this song."

He also explained how being a father has influenced the way that he uses dirty language in his songs. Nas said that the track "I Can" was inspired by the birth of his daughter and how he's gotten more introspective since becoming a parent.

"My language about women, things, life was a little crazy. For a minute, when my daughter was born, I thought I couldn’t write anymore because she’s going to hear this stuff from her dad. So I started to make records that I thought she could listen to. I had a record called ‘I Know I Can’ and it was pretty cool and she liked it. That was my way of trying to get back."

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29 Comments

  • 007 is back!

    Just keep it raw like blood of slave heart of a martyr.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    steven horowitz stop writing trash articles.was this all u could make out from that interview?

  • Anonymous

    @ Anon: Or she could just be a typical black girl. Maury would be like " We have Tanisha here for the 4th time having a 6th man tested. The results are in. Jamal....You are...NOT the father." ^ good try racist cyber-stalker because I have seen a whole lot of white girls on Jerry Springer and Maury. Be careful, your mom may be the greatest cosigner of getting laid by a Black male.

  • Anonymous

    another worthless nas article, just pay his hiphodx

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    No one cares Nas. You're irrelevant to sales.

  • Anonymous

    HEEELL Y EEEZZZ NIKKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST BOUGHT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CRE DIT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!

  • Anonymous

    i recall nas on the nigger tape(mixtape) "outro track" he stated he made "i can" to attract other people into his music later on the same song saying he made thief's theme to shake off pop fans who were on him

    • Anonymous

      i wudnt call it pop records but he has someway flopped. he went from being the first to work with wu-tang to end up working with those clown ass young money(with respect), we want to hear AZ,Cormega collabs but we get that.shame.

    • Jon Jon

      So the songs Nas has done with Young Money are pop records? Interesting. U must be fucking deaf! The Tyga Record is incredible. The record on Wayne's LP is bananas, and was the least pop shit on the whole shit(including the other interludes with the same beat). And his Record on Nicki's LP isn't a song I like too much, but it ain't pop. Em is incredible, but he is pop. Jay is the top dawg, but he makes some pop. Nas is the best and has made pop records, but I can probably count them on one hand, and the collabs u named aren't the ones. U're a clown. U're probably one of those dudes that take pics of themselves in mirrors and posts it online. U're kind has no right to be calling anybody anything corny.

    • Anonymous

      and now he's working with tyga and wayne to get them back? lmao.

  • Black Girl Lost

    HELP! I'm pregnant, don't know who the dad is!

  • AliciaKeysaHOMEWRECKER

    JESUS ANOTHER NAS ARTICLE? SIGN TO YMCMB THEN YOU WONT NEED TO FKING PAY HIPHOPDX FOR PUBLICITY

  • Anonymous

    AZ on da LP or what ?

  • naseef

    Life Is Good July 17

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